Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Your enchanting 7-night Rhine River cruise that takes you through the fabled Black Forest region and the Alsace region
Cologne’s Christmas Markets with its impressive Gothic Cathedral backdrop. The “Capital of Noel”, Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree, and Heidelberg’s Christmas Market nestled idyllically amongst the historic squares of the Old Town, are all timeless traditions handed down through the centuries.
Cherish all the glory of the season in Grand European style as you cruise along the Rhine, conclude your winter adventure in Amsterdam, amidst the city’s legendary canals and colorful holiday surroundings.
Arrive in charming Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship.
Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 - Amsterdam
The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour.
Begin with a scenic canal cruise and see the tall narrow homes lining the water, the Skinny Bridge, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII.
Next, you’ll walk to Begijnhof, known for its historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and have some free time to explore.
Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour on which you’ll see the Royal Palace, Westerkerk and stop for photos at a Dutch windmill before returning to the ship.
This afternoon depart for Germany.
Day 3 - Cologne, Germany
The ship arrives in Cologne around lunchtime.
You will have a guided tour of the city, strolling through the Old Town and Cathedral Square, and visiting the fabled Gothic cathedral.
This evening, you will experience the elaborate Christmas Market in Cathedral Square, one of Europe’s largest and most renowned.
The ship cruises overnight.
Day 4 - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim
This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock.
This afternoon you will arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will have the option to take one of three excursions: wine tasting with a local vintner, a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, or a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany’s best wine regions.
Later you’ll have free time to shop at the town’s Christmas Market and explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns.
This evening, visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments, or join us for some Rüdesheimer Coffee.
The ship sails overnight.
Day 5 - Mannheim
Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice between three excursions this afternoon.
Your first option is a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below.
You can also opt to visit the Mannheim Baroque Palace, intended to be the second largest Baroque palace complex in Europe. It was designed to highlight the important role of the Palatine Prince Electors in the Holy Roman Empire.
As a third option you can enjoy a tour of Speyer one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate).
You will have time later to visit the local Christmas Markets.
This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France
Day 6 - Strasbourg, France
Capital city of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy one of three excursions.
The first option is a panoramic tour that will take you past the Orangery, the European Parliament and the Place de Republique.
Afterwards, explore on foot with a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, and have a chance to visit Strasbourg’s famous Christmas Market – said to be the oldest and best in all of France. Your other options are a bike tour to the Old Town, or a hike that starts at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral.
The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish.
The ship moors in Strasbourg overnight.
Day 7 - Breisach, Germany
You have two exciting excursions to choose from today.
The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town renowned for its historic architecture and for its Riesling wines, followed by time at the town’s Christmas Market.
A second option is a walking tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you will visit the historical city center and Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. You will also visit Christmas Markets here.
Your third option is guided bike tour of Breisach that takes you through the Rheinau woods.
Tonight, the ship cruises towards Switzerland.
Day 8 - Disembarkation - Depart Basel
Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight.
AmaStella, built in 2016, provides a distinctive river cruise experience, with design inspired by classic ocean yachts, AMA Waterways’ revolutionary Concerto Class vessels provide the most delightful river cruise experience. Accommodating 156 passengers in spacious staterooms, select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. many incorpoating the exclusive Twin Balcony concept.
Relax in comfortable and inviting public areas or take a dip in the heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a swim-up bar; enjoy Chaine des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues.
The ships also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.
78 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 155-235 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the 4 suites at 350 sq. ft. Select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.
Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.
AMAWaterways are rated as having the 10 best ships on the rivers by Berlitz river cruise guide.
Included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small groups tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights. Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is in the cost of your cruise.
Prices include flights from London and in resort transfers
|Dec 3||AmaStella||Amsterdam||Save £470pp||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||Cat E||160 ft², Fixed Windows||Sold Out|
|Lower Deck||Cat D||160 ft², Fixed Windows||Sold Out|
|Middle Deck||Cat CB||155 ft², French Balcony||£2269|
|Middle Deck||Cat CA||170 ft², French Balcony||Sold Out|
|Middle Deck||Cat BB||210 ft², Twin Balcony||£2978|
|Upper Deck||Cat BA||210 ft², Twin Balcony||£3111|
|Middle Deck||Cat AB||235 ft², Twin Balcony||£3244|
|Upper Deck||Cat AA||235 ft², Twin Balcony||£3378|
|Upper Deck||Suite||350 ft², Twin Balcony||£4244|
Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.
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